We all need a cheerleader. A good pep talk can get us moving again, get us back on our game, draw out the best of us,  jolt us out of complacency.


“Look into your own heart. Unless I’m crazy, right now a still small voice is piping up, telling you as it has ten thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone. You know it. No one has to tell you. And unless I’m crazy, you’re no closer to taking action on it than you were yesterday or will be tomorrow. You think Resistance isn’t real? Resistance will bury you.”

~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

In the Science of Pep Talks by Daniel McGinn, he defines three key elements of an effective pep talk:

  1. Giving direction on how to do the task;

  2. Using empathetic language – concern, praise, gratitude, acknowledgement

  3. Providing meaning – using language of why the task is important.

“The most extensive research in this field—dubbed motivating language theory, or MLT—comes from Jacqueline and Milton Mayfield, a husband-and-wife team at Texas A&M International University who have studied its applications in the corporate world for nearly three decades. Their findings are backed by studies from sports psychologists and military historians.” states McGinn.